Tributes, tweets, quotes and posts. There is a social media surge of love for Nora Ephron.
I would simply like to use this space, this little blog, to add my own voice to the chorus of resounding gratitude for this remarkable woman, whom we all wished could be our friend.
When Steve Jobs passed, we collectively mourned the man who gave us the physical tools to share our own voice. With Nora Ephron, we mourn the woman who gave us the emotional tools to have our voices be heard.
As a blogger advocate, she gave us permission to start the conversation and the courage to share it with others. She assured us that it was okay to find the humor in any tragedy and that laughter connected us all.
I had one of those perfect summer days. You know. Productive, kids visiting, fabulous weather, dinner with friends…even a hilarious prank call to a friend at work. The only thing missing was my dear hubby, working in Texas, supporting my perfect summer day lifestyle. Thanks, honey.
It all started with a bike ride, early in the morning.
There were strawberries at every farm stand.
As I peddled on, more and more berries. So, I started thinking…between breathing, of course….
How about a nice, cold, refreshing strawberry cocktail?
Sometimes a rigorous workout leads to divine inspiration. Usually around the time you start seeing spots.
Let me preface: I drank plenty of water first. By happy hour, I was ready for my divine summer spirit.
Strawberry, Cucumber, Champagne Cooler
12 strawberries, stems removed and halved
6 slices, peeled cucumber
1 tsp. light agave (or natural sweetener)
champagne or sparkling wine
Puree strawberries, cucumber and agave in a blender with one or two ice cubes.
Pour into a glass and top off with your favorite champagne.
Hello, all! Hope you’re enjoying a fabulous summer week. We’ve been having some cool New England days, but it looks like a few warm beach days are heading our way. If your trying to beat the heat by staying indoors, here are my picks for this week on Turner Classic…including one of our family favorites, Some Like It Hot. (Sorry, Texans. No pun intended.) Enjoy!
Friday June 22
SEVEN YEAR ITCH, THE (1955)
A married man whose wife is on vacation falls for the blonde bombshell upstairs.
Dir: Billy Wilder Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Tommy Ewell, Evelyn Keyes
BW-104 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format
I appreciate Marilyn Monroe, but I wouldn’t consider myself a devoted fan. I guess I just didn’t relate to her dark and troubled life or her whole blonde bombshell thing. (I’m a dark-skinned Latina; I didn’t even play with Barbies.) If you have always wanted to see the infamous white dress, billowing up around her legs, then here is your chance. The iconic scene was shot on Lexington Avenue at 1 am with over 5000 onlookers, including her husband, Joe Di Maggio. Monroe was really battling a bout of depression and self-medication during the making of this film and was having trouble taking direction, remembering lines and her cues. She had to shoot the scene many times, with the crowd cheering and clamoring each time her dress blew up. Di Maggio was not pleased. Neither was Wilder since he couldn’t use any of the footage due to the noise from the crazed fans. He recreated the street on a studio lot to finally achieve the scene he envisioned, but only after over 40 takes, as Monroe still could not remember her lines. In 2011, the white dress was auctioned at Sotheby’s for 4.6 million dollars.
SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)
Two musicians on the run from gangsters masquerade as members of an all-girl band.
Dir: Billy Wilder Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon
BW-121 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format
When my children were quite young, they became enamored with this hilarious film. They would pop in the DVD like a Disney flick, and watch it over and over. They also loved “Tootsie” and “The Birdcage”. I used to wonder if cross-dressing would be in their futures. Nope, … Read the rest
I know, I know. A spicy, Indian-like chili dish in summer. But, it has been “chilly” and rainy here, so we were craving, well…chili.
With the fat burning properties of turmeric and super powers of kale combined with summer temperatures, think of it as Hot Yoga in a dish.
Your mind, body and soul will thank you.
Healthy, Hearty Turkey, Lentil, Kale, Bean Chili
2 cups mixed lentils
2 quarts vegetable broth
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 pound ground turkey
1 large can of fire roasted tomatoes ( 28 oz)
2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder (I may have used 4; I really went to town)
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 can of kidney beans, optional for extra “heartiness”
2 cups chopped fresh kale
salt to taste (taste before salting; kale has a salty flavor…we don’t need extra salt)
Bring lentils and vegetable broth to a boil in a large pot over high heat. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in the garlic, onion, celery, ground turkey; cook and stir until the turkey is crumbly and no longer pink and looks more like ground beef, so the men-folk don’t balk; about 10 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, chili powder, turmeric, cumin. Play with the spices to your personal level of zest-iness. Simmer about 5-10 minutes.
Stir the turkey mixture into the simmering lentils. Add the kidney beans, if you wish to do so. Continue simmering until the lentils are tender, 20 to 30 minutes.
Right before serving, stir in the kale and just look in awe at the gorgeous color of healthy, green goodness. I garnished with a low-fat cheddar cheese and avocado slices, because we are Texans.
The Boy, who is growing and always hungry, could only eat one bowl. He was actually satiated for one hot second.
It is a very blustery evening as I write. The wind is howling and there has been an unrelenting light rain all day. This is the weather forecast for the island for the next few days. I have plenty of food and provisions. And, I have plenty of DVR material to catch up on. I actually love this weather and I am looking forward to writing and catching up with the blog.
Here are my picks for this week, including one of my favorite films of all time, “Jezebel” with Bette Davis. It is the feature this week on TCM’s The Essentials. It’s going to be a good week.
Tuesday June 5th
IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967)
A black police detective from the North forces a bigoted Southern sheriff to accept his help with a murder investigation.
Dir: Norman Jewison Cast: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates
C-110 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format
While many movies attempt to show an honest narrative of racism in our modern history, they fall short when trying to appease a PC status quo. This Oscar-winning screenplay is brilliant for showing that racial tensions could be more than one-sided. Released in 1967, many viewed this as a timely film. But, let’s be honest, it is still timely today. This movie still stands as a timeless classic. Steiger won the Best Actor Oscar; the film, Best Picture. The Oscars were actually postponed that year for several days, due to the assassination of Martin Luther King. Sidney Poitier has often said this is his favorite movie. “They call me Mr. Tibbs!” is 16th in AFI’s greatest movie lines.
Thursday June 7th
JAILHOUSE ROCK (1957)
After learning to play the guitar in prison, a young man becomes a rock ‘n roll sensation.
Dir: Richard Thorpe Cast: Elvis Presley, Judy Tyler, Mickey Shaughnessy
BW-96 mins, TV-G, CC, Letterbox Format
Dance Alert! Elvis’ un-credited choreography for the song “Jailhouse Rock” is absolutely brilliant. He made it up on the spot, after the film’s choreographer realized that Elvis was not a professionally trained classical dancer. Gene Kelley was on set to watch Elvis film his most famous dance number. Sadly, Elvis refused to watch this movie because of the tragic death of Judy Tyler, just three days after filming was completed.